Wendell Berry

Writers' Favorite Bookstores by Cindy Hulsey

After years of struggling to compete with mega-chain bookstores and Amazon, and in spite of those who said print books would go the way of the horse and buggy, independent bookstores are on the rise. In a lovely book called My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, literary luminaries such as Isabel Allende, Wendell Berry, Ann Patchett and dozens more, have written short essays about bookstores that have played an important part in their lives.

Reading for Dark Days

I’ve recently experienced a loss in my family, and I notice that I’m having a lot of difficulty reading full length novels.  It’s hard for me to concentrate for longer stretches of time, and I find myself having to re-read passages to piece together how characters connect or how plot is progressing.  I’ve left a lot of books abandoned this month—sad piles with bookmarks at page 180, page 50, even page 10.  These temporarily under-appreciated books are ones I will come back to, but not now.  Fortunate